23 months of emergency in Bangladesh : the next Parliament must ensure a review of the decisions and actions taken under the State of Emergency

Odhikar notes the Government’s decision to lift the State of Emergency from 17 December, 2008. Odhikar has consistently campaigned against the Emergency since its imposition on 11 January 2007. Due to ‘Emergency’s inherent anti-human rights character, that denies essential freedoms far extensively than permitted under international laws, and fails to protect basic rights, Odhikar’s stand against a State of Emergency emanates from its stated mission to ‘uphold human rights in all circumstances’.

The report deals with the following topics:

  • Decisions and actions taken under the Emergency must be reviewed
  • Election Commission must uphold rule of law
  • 60th Anniversary of UDHR under State of Emergency
  • Human Rights must be respected during election
  • Violence during election
  • Extrajudicial killings, custodial deaths are a national shame
The report closes with statistics.

State of Emergency Report 23 months-2008 (full text in English, PDF)


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